NH Audubon hosts Birds of a Feather: Art by Parmenter and Wiggin

Nest by Susan Parmenter

Birds of a Feather, an exhibit of paintings by Susan Parmenter and Mimi Wiggin, will be on display during July and August at the McLane Audubon Center in Concord, N.H.  Shown here: “Handiwork” (oil on panel) by Susan Parmenter of Sunapee, N.H.

Concord, N.H. — During July and August, the McLane Audubon Center will be hosting Birds of a Feather, an exhibit of beautiful paintings of birds and bird related items. Artists Susan Parmenter of Sunapee and Mimi Wiggin of Warner have teamed up to share some of their pieces that have captured the beauty of fleeting birds in hopes of inspiring others to help protect birds and their habitats.

A public artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  All are welcome.

To view the exhibit other times, call ahead (603-224-9909) to confirm availability.  The center at 84 Silk Farm Road in Concord is open Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-4:00.

A realist painter, Susan Parmenter enjoys painting in both oil and pastel and often sketches outdoors. Favorite subjects include landscape, figure, still life, animals, birds, wildlife and the beauty of nature in general.

Currently, Susan is a member of the High Street Painters in Brattleboro, Vermont, and the Portrait Society of America. She is also a member of NH Audubon, The Nature Conservancy and The American Bird Conservancy. Susan has won many awards participating in a variety of national art events and enjoys teaching.

View a sample of Susan’s work and learn about other upcoming shows at www.susanparmenter.com

Chickadee by Mini Wiggin of Warner, N.H.

Chickadee by Mini Wiggin of Warner, N.H.

Mimi Wiggin paints with oils and is primarily self-taught.  Her work has been displayed throughout New Hampshire and has been featured in Kearsarge Magazine, SooNipi Magazine, The Art & Gallery Guide, and Forest Notes.  Mimi is currently painting backyard birds for a small book to be published in the fall of 2014.

To learn more about Mimi and see samples of her work visit: www.mimiwiggin.com.

Partial proceeds of sales of art that is displayed at NH Audubon goes to support its mission.

To learn more about this show and other programs, festivals and projects call 603-224-9909 or visit the website: www.nhaudubon.org.

 

June Jam on June 21 at Muster Field Farm Museum

MMCrowdGatheringNorth Sutton, N.H. —  On June 21, Muster Field Farm, on Harvey Road, will host its 12th annual musical fundraiser. This all-volunteer event, musicians included, helps support the historic farm and serves as a venue for the region’s musical talent, both up-and- coming and tried-and-true!

This year’s line-up includes Gary Robinson, Click Horning Band, Neptune’s Car, Decatur Creek, Mo’Combo, and Night Kitchen.

Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages (proceeds from food sales also benefit the farm), or pack your own picnic and beverages to enjoy.

Gates open at 3:30, music begins at 4:00. Tickets: $15 per person (children 14 and under are free), available on site the day of the event.

Info and directions: 603-927-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Sunapee Student Art Show: Opening reception May 22

SMHA art showSunapee. N.H. – The Annual Sunapee Middle High School Art Show will be on display for a week with the opening reception on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show, which will be in the school’s Common area, will include a wide array of artwork from students in grades 6-12, but will highlight the work of seniors.

Both two and three-dimensional pieces will be shown, with the work of underclassmen grouped together in the center and seniors encircling the room with individual sections.

The exhibit will feature not only conceptual development pieces but also the expressive output of individual ideas and imaginations, said Gail Baade, the SMHS art teacher. One will see references to the elements and principles of art, art history, whimsical art and nature.

SMHS Artwork 004The show can also be viewed during normal school hours through the afternoon of May 29.

Photos show a panel of mixed student work (above) and an acrylic by Savannah Borelli, title: “The Squeal” – a parody of “The Scream” by E. Munch.

Sunapee Flash Bash will show student photography

FlashBash Flyer Invite 2014

Sunapee, N.H. — Sunapee will host its 2nd annual Flash Bash, an exhibit of photos by Sunapee students, at the Harbor House Livery (aka Old Town Hall), Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, on May 17 and 18. Using their cameras, students in grades K-12 have captured faces, places and moments in time that tell a Sunapee story. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery will also be open on Sunday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

During the show, a docent for the Harbor House Livery will be present to share information about the landmark building, its history and restoration plans. For more information, contact info@projectsunapee.org.

Music for Everyone at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse has a full schedule of Friday night music coming up.

“We have a very busy May in store…[and] a diversity of musical styles,” said Tom Daniels, a CoffeeHouse volunteer. “There will be many local performers to enjoy, as well as some coming to us from as far away as Nashville. There should be a show for everyone to enjoy.”

“We would love to see you there,” added Daniels.

The CoffeeHouse meets at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church on the corner of Lower Main Street and Route 11, Sunapee. (Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Donations accepted.)

Courtesy of the CoffeeHouse website….

May 2 – The trio Random Acts of Harmony will be performing contemporary and folk revival music. Audiences like their tunes, love their harmonies, and not too surprisingly begin singing along.

May 9 – Balladeer, poet and songwriter John Perrault presents an evening of ballads, lyrics, and fresh cross-grained songs focused on the art of paying attention: to your neighbor, government, planet, and self. With three books and nine albums under his belt, Perrault draws on a range of traditions, both oral and written, to challenge the head and stir the heart. Perrault was the Portsmouth (N.H.) Poet Laureate (2003-2005).

May 16 – Doug Kwartler and Susan Levine: two stunning artists will team up for one stellar night.

May 23 – This evening features sets from Davey O. and Annalise Emerick.

May 30 – The tradition continues with open mic on the last Friday of the month.  Stop by to listen or join in. Storytellers are welcome.  The emcees for the evening will be Al Carruth and EJ Tretter. For more information, visit the CoffeeHouse website.

Richards Free Library Celebrates Poetry Month

Newport, N.H. — The Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, is celebrating National Poetry Month on April 24 at 7 p.m.. Bring your favorite poem to read or just come to listen. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be provided.

At the Richards Free Library on April 28 (at 3:30 p.m.),  Dr. Robert Scott will read and talk about his new book for children, Horatio’s Hometown Hero. The book was written in conjunction with Ambassador Joseph and Augusta Petrone as part of the Inspire Future New Hampshire Heroes program. Admission is free.

The book tells a simple story: To be a hero you do not have to be rich, powerful or beautiful, all you need is a giving heart that cares and shares with others.  “Yes, we all can become a hero,” is the book’s motto.

Sunapee artist shares “A Visual Journey” in CFA show

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“A Visual Journey,” a collection of artwork by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on exhibit at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn from February 7 through April 26. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 7 (5-7 p.m.). Shown here: “View From The Shadows” — a pastel painting by Susan Parmenter.

New London, N.H. —  “A Visual Journey,a collection of oil and pastel paintings by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on display at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn, 353 Main Street, New London, from  February 7 through April 26, 2014.

Meet the artist at an opening reception on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

CFA’s “gallery night” will also introduce new art at their micro galleries at Country Houses Real Estate, 370 Main Street, and Zero Celsius Wealth Studio, 228 Main Street. Meet photographer Maureen Rosen at Country Houses and artist John Sirois at Zero Celsius.

A journey of expression

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“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Susan Parmenter. The CFA exhibition will encompass 10 years of work by the artist, from 2004 to present day. Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Parmenter. “I create art to share my immediate experience with the viewer, not just the color, light and composition, but the mood, feeling and emotion.”

The show will encompass a decade of Parmenter’s work, from 2004 to present day. Ten years ago, Parmenter re-focused her art career from illustration to fine art painting. The show will reflect her artistic journey, a “journey of expression.”

The exhibition will include both realistic and impressionistic styles of painting. and feature a variety of her favorite subjects—landscapes, portrait and figure, animals, and still life.

About CFA

The Center for the Arts is based in New London and supports and celebrates the cultural richness in the Lake Sunapee Region. Of the many arts it supports, the visual arts are foremost on its agenda and featured at its micro galleries, a summer art show, “Arts On The Green” in July, and a juried regional show in November.

CFA’s micro galleries host rotating shows year round. Openings for these exhibits occur on the first Friday of February, May, August and November.

For more information, visit:

Bluegrass quintet PossumHaw to perform in Sunapee Feb. 7

PossumHawSunapee, N.H. — The Vermont bluegrass and country-folk quintet PossumHaw will perform in Sunapee at the Community Coffeehouse, at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m.  PossumHaw is known for their impressive vocal harmonies, original music and acoustic instrumentation.

Band members include Colby Crehan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Stephen Waud (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Crehan (banjo, vocals, harmonica), Charley Eiseman (lead guitar, vocals), and Mitch Barron (upright bass, vocals).

The group’s lead singer Colby Crehan was named Vermont Vocalist of the Year, and their song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year.

To listen to clips from their new album, Waiting and Watching, visit www.possumhaw.net

Reviews:

“Crehan is, in this writer’s estimation, a shooting star in the world of bluegrass music…PossumHaw, with Colby Crehan starring, has now entered the top level of Green Mountain bluegrass bands” –Art Edelstein, The Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT

“The vocals of Colby Crehan rival the likes of Rani Arbo and Patti Casey. And the band is right there behind her musically” –George Nostrand, The Rutland Herald, Rutland, VT

“PossumHaw deliver sterling arrangements that are polished to a shine” -Robert Resnik, Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Neptune’s Car to perform in Sunapee Jan. 17

Neptune's Care_Strawberry-Moon-cover-6aSunapee, N.H. — The 2014 music calendar at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is packed with Friday night shows this winter. Performances are held at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the Coffeehouse website for a complete listing.

On January 17, Neptune’s Car, Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will bring contemporary folk to the local listening room. The emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians.

Neptune’s Car, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and stellar guitar picking.

In 2010, their song “Lighthouse Keeper” reached Number One on the “Folk-DJ” chart. Their two albums of all-original material have been featured on many “Best Of” lists.

Maverick Magazine gave the duo’s debut album Strawberry Moon four out of five stars and said: “Steve’s guitar playing complements Holly’s vocal perfectly . . . the overall atmosphere created is perfect.”

SCCoffeeHouseOn January 24, Doc Rogers will be on stage at the Coffeehouse. And an open mic will be held on the last Friday of the month, January 31.

For more information including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee Coffeehouse to host Christmas/Solstice Concert

Kathy LoweSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse will host a Christmas/Solstice Concert with Kathy Lowe on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. The performance will include original seasonal carols from Lowe’s CD Wishing You Peace. The evening will include an audience sing-along with music books made available. Al Peterson will emcee the concert and Alan Carruth is the program sponsor.

The Coffeehouse will not meet on December 13 and will take a Christmas break after the concert on December 20. Music resumes on January 10 with a performance by John Fuzek.

SCCoffeeHouseFor Coffeehouse information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit: SunapeeCoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee artist’s work juried in to N.H. national exhibit: It’s Pastel!

"Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee" by Susan Parmenter

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” – a pastel (7″ x 9″) by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will be on display in It’s Pastel, the Fifth Annual National Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 to November 30, 2013.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee,” a pastel painting by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter captures the brilliant lavender/blue hues of an early evening sky with the mountain in the distance.

The captivating landscape of an open green field and spectacular sky, as seen  from a busy location in New London, brings to mind the old adage: ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.’

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” was juried into It’s Pastel!, a national juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. The show will be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 through November 30, 2013. The opening reception is October 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This is a major juried show with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and other states.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter enjoys painting in both mediums of oil or pastel. Favorite subjects are landscape, portrait and figure, still life, animals, birds and nature. Parmenter is shown here completing a painting in pastel, “The Unusual Hat.” Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

Parmenter, who paints in a realist style with oil or pastel, works from her home studio in Sunapee, where she has lived for nearly 30 years.

“Painting and drawing,” says Parmenter “take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words….Inspiration comes from anything that truly moves me or sparks emotion: light, shadow, color, mood, shape, movement and story.”

You can view Parmenter’s artwork at Tatewell Gallery, New London; Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Keene; Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, Vermont; and at Susan Parmenter Fine Art (www.susanparmenter.com).

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. It also promotes the arts in New Hampshire and fosters connections among pastelists of all levels throughout the region and other states. For more information, go to www.pastelsocietynh.com.

Project Sunapee: Haunted Harbor Halloween is Oct. 26

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Sunapee, N.H. — The Fourth Annual Haunted Harbor Halloween will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. The community event, sponsored by Project Sunapee, will be held at Sunapee Harbor.

This local Halloween celebration promises some wicked good fun and plenty of treats.

A Rag-a-Muffin Parade starts at the Quack Shack tent at 5 p.m. Awards will go to the Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Original and Best Group.

There will be Tailgate Trick-or-Treating and all who dare to walk the plank may go aboard the Pirate Ship. Also, you’ll be able to visit the Pumpkin Patch… but watch out for Ghosts Who Just Wanna Dance! Also, tasty morsels will be served up by Rocky Cannoli, ‘Lil Red Baron and Appleseed Catering.

A teller of fortunes, wicked witches coven, sinister graveyard spirits (and ‘things that go bump in the night’) will conjure up a magical, frightful night of fun for all ages! – Haunted Harbor Halloween, Project Sunapee‘s ‘treat’ for the community.

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery to host arts & crafts show

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An arts and crafts exhibit and sale will be held at the historic Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village, on Sunday, October 13,  noon to 4 p.m. Photo of the Sugar River bridge and HHL is by Charlotte Carlson, one of the local participants in the show.

Sunapee, N.H. — Local artisans will show their wares at an arts and crafts exhibit and sale on Sunday, October 13, 2013, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village.

Participants include League of N.H. Craftsmen members: mixed media artist Cherie DeAugustinis (3-Delusional Art) and fiber artists Joyce Murphy Gale (Unique Ewe) and Marie Wiggins (Harbor Gallery).

Stocker Graniteworks also will be attending with their American Bead Collection.

And showing their latest work will be photographer Charlotte Carlson (notes, totes and prints); Eleanor “Ellie” White, who transforms pashmina into wearable art; spinner and weaver Chris Alexander; wood turner Joe Watts; and Sarah Bocko, with silver and bead jewelry.

Project Sunapee is organizing and sponsoring the event, which will include a video display of the building’s history. Docents will be on hand to share information about the circa 1890 landmark.

For more info, email: info@projectsunapee.org.

Hiroya Tsukamoto to perform at the Sunapee Coffeehouse

hiroya tsukamotoSunapee, N.H. – Japanese guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto will perform at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, October 4, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Coffeehouse is held at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee.

…chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended. – Jazz Review.com

Tsukamoto came to the U.S. after receiving a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. He has performed internationally, appeared at Blue Note in New York and released five albums. His latest album Heartland features elements from several genres expressed in Japanese songs and guitar instrumentals.

Tsukamoto recently performed on Japanese National television.

The Coffeehouse will pass the hat for the musician. Coffeehouse volunteer Judy Thackaberry will emcee the evening. Mountain Spirit Institute is the program sponsor.

For more info, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Coming to the Sunapee Coffeehouse later in October

October 11: The Twangtown Paramours – Time: 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation $15.
October 18:  Acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case – Time: 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation $15.

Sunapee Coffeehouse kicks off fall season Sept. 13

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is about to kick off its fall season, which will include performances by nationally known artists Bill Staines (Sept. 20), Buskin & Beateau (Nov. 1), and Rupert Wates (Nov. 15).

The schedule also features a Nashville act, a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, and local talent.

“In addition, we are bringing back by popular demand our favorite double-necked guitarist,” emails Tom Daniels in the Coffeehouse release. “If there was ever a time to visit our venue, it is now!”

See the Coffeehouse calendar at sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Mandeville & RichardsMandeville & Richards on stage Sept. 13

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, perform on Friday, September 13, 2013. The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee.

Coffeehouse volunteer Judy Thackaberry will emcee. Music & Petreflection Photography, Kathy Lowe Music, is the evening’s sponsor.

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